Sunday 21st October
Suffolk Women’s County Cup
Two ties to begin this season’s Suffolk Women’s County Cup competition, holders Ipswich Town Women drawn away to fellow Ipswich side Wanderers Ladies in the 1st Round. Met in the semi-finals of the competition last season Ipswich Town comfortable winners 7-0. A different story this time around Ipswich Wanderers holding their higher league to a goalless draw at half-time. Ipswich Wanderers taking the lead on the hour with Kristie Turner on target to put the hosts 1-0 up. Into the final 15 minutes and Ipswich Town came back to level the score Toni-Anne Wayne scoring the goal. Wayne combining with Harriet Petley to score again in the 80th to put Ipswich Town 2-1 up Danni Clarke making a late save for the visitors to stop Ipswich Wanderers from levelling the score the holders through to the 2nd Round.
Also competing in the 1st Round of the Suffolk Women’s County Cup were Walsham Le Willows Ladies at home to Beccles Town Ladies. The hosts getting off to a flyer taking the lead in the opening minute. Adding a 2nd goal were leading 2-0 with 30 minutes left. Beccles coming good at the end scoring 5 goals in 22 minutes to go on to win the tie 5-2 to progress. Taylor Whiting hitting a brace their were first goals of the season too for Eva Evans, Victoria Ottey and Lauren Runnacles.
The draw for the 2nd Round of the Suffolk Women’s County Cup made earlier the 8 ties listed below : –
Brantham Athletic Ladies v Bungay Town Ladies
Kirkley & Pakefield Ladies v East Bergholt United Ladies
AFC Sudbury Ladies v Leiston St Margarets Ladies
Needham Market Women v University of Suffolk Women
Haverhill Rovers Ladies v Ipswich Town Ladies Reserves
Chantry Grasshoppers Ladies v Ipswich Town Women
Woodbridge Town Ladies v Beccles Town Ladies
Brettvale Women v Coplestonians Ladies
ties to be played Sun 18th November
Suffolk Women’s Division
Three matches played in the Suffolk Women’s Division on Sunday and it was to one of these Women’s Football East headed to watch. A top of the table clash with league newcomers Needham market Women top of the table with a 100% winning start taking on defending champions, East Bergholt United Ladies who were also defending a 100% winning start and yet to concede a goal. Played in 3G, Needham Market started the brighter hitting the post before taking the lead on 18 minutes, Francesca Rainbird getting on the end of a miscued shot from Lois Balfour inside the box to shoot past the keeper and score. East Bergholt growing into the game hitting the crossbar themselves, Needham market leading 1-0 at half-time.
A strong start to the 2nd period from the visitors pressing forwards prepared to shoot from distance bringing them the equaliser, Jess Clark making it 1-1 with a long range effort. Jemma Mortimer twice clearing the ball off the line for Needham Market before East Bergholt went on to take the lead from a corner captain Georgia Lockerbie scoring from inside the area. Elena Nitsche making ti 3-1 after she was played through on goal inside the six yard box. Needham Market on the back foot for much of the 2nd half came out in attack well after conceding the 3rd goal, Rainbird netting for the 2nd time in the match, involved in good build-up play on the left running into the box to get onto the forwards pass and send the ball across the keeper, East Bergholt tiring towards the end of the match had done enough to win the game and keep up their 100% winning start returning to the top of the table. Is a 3 way tie on 15 points at the top of the Suffolk Women’s Division now with Brantham Athletic Ladies in 3rd awarded the home win over Coplestonians Ladies this Sunday
Close behind the leading trio are Alresford Colne Rangers the 4th placed side moving onto 13 points for the season after a home win against Brightlingsea Regent Ladies on Sunday. Paige Knight getting on the scoresheet for Brightlingsea. Jo Harvey with a brace for Alresford moves onto 6 for the season with Tiffany Reeves also on target with a goal just ahead of Harvey with 7 for the season. Alresford winning 3-1 now unbeaten in 5 with 4 wins after losing their opening fixture.
A first point of the season for Brettvale secured at home to fellow newcomers Chantry Grasshoppers Ladies on Sunday. Kelly Hannington with both of the goals for Brettvale. Keira Hines and Lucy Robson both scoring for Chantry Grasshoppers the point lifting them a place up to 9th in the league table.